Scandal Beck, Smardale, Coast to Coast
Where is Scandal Beck?
Scandal Beck is most certainly a beautiful stretch of water within the Smardale Valley, with deep fertile banks on each side, housing fine examples of ancient pillow mounds. Smardale Gill National Nature Reserve runs along its eastern riverbank, and the beck is crossed, not just by the old Smardale Viaduct but also, nearer to Smardale Hall, the new Smardale Viaduct.
The dismantled railway that runs all the way from Newbiggin-on-Lune to Bowes in County Durham, and upon which the old Smardale Viaduct is located, runs along the western side of Scandal Beck from Smardale Bridge to the viaduct, from where it then runs along its eastern bank until moving away from the beck where it passes beneath the new viaduct. The dismantled railway is now an attractive footpath with many interesting features such as disused limekilns, and many varieties of pretty and rare wild flowers.
Scandal Beck from Smardale Bridge
Smardale Bridge from the Coast to Coast path
Coast to Coast eBook
The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path
The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path is designed both as a trail guide, and as an informative and adventurous travelogue. Written by Roy David McKee, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating the walk.
The book is available from the iBooks store and has been digitally enhanced.
Features of the Book:
- Route described in detail
- Large scale detailed digital Maps of the route
- Hundreds of colour photographs that can be expanded to full page
- Photo-galleries of particular areas of interest.
- Research notes of Historic and Interesting places on the path.